“has been affected disproportionately by the global economic downturn”

BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport didn’t manage to get into the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative. But, as evidenced in the Daily Mail, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams did. He’s on the list of “Government Officials” in the Featured Attendees section, along with, among others, a smattering of minor royals, a Saudi prince, a number of former presidents and prime ministers, including Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair, and the Israeli Defence Minister.. NI Secretary of State Shaun Woodward and UUP leader, and NI Executive Minister, Reg Empey are also listed. How many are fully paid-up members [$20,000 fee] rather than there on a complimentary invitation? The blurb for today’s discussion on investment for Northern Ireland is interesting, not least because it claims that NI “has been affected disproportionately by the global economic downturn.” Which is odd. I had thought that our over-reliance on the public sector was providing an additional cushion.. But then, I’m not an economist.Clinton Global Initiative blurb

NORTHERN IRELAND – BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
Wednesday, September 23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ? New York West, 3rd floor
(Sign-up required)

Forged in 1998, the historic Good Friday peace accord has provided a backdrop for ongoing progress in Northern Ireland. A key factor in sustaining the momentum of recent years is economic growth, yet this region has been affected disproportionately by the global economic downturn. This session will discuss the factors necessary for Northern Ireland’s recovery by increasing its appeal to foreign investors, improving local business’s reach to markets in the U.S., and utilizing the talents of young people in the region through entrepreneurship. Discussions will also focus on how Northern Ireland’s successes can be an inspiration to other post-conflict economies throughout the world.

William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President, United States of America; Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative
Peter Robinson, First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly
Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly
Declan Kelly, Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, U.S. Department of State
Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Micheál Martin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland

Adds About those successes.. Don’t neglect the anticipated destination. And listen to the cuckoos.

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  • joan

    so who paid gerry’s twenty grand? sinn fein or the northern bank?

  • blow job

    Discussions will also focus on how Northern Ireland’s successes can be an inspiration to other post-conflict economies throughout the world.

    Someone actually wrote this.

    And to think there are those for whom Clinton’s only real legacy was the stain on Monica’s dress.

    He wasn’t as delusional a wanker as whoever penned that bollocks.

  • Peter Fyfe

    Is anybody else slightly ashamed that politicians from this place are going to plead for money that should be going to the developing world? If they were solely going to say,’ Us two utter gobshites, have managed to talk to each other. It is not that hard. Those in the world who face real problems such as daily survival due to hunger or disease should take pity on us morons because we and our former leaders are the people that caused the mess we were in. Do not pity us because we had a hard time, but because you are worth so much more than we can dream of.’

  • Peter Fyfe

    I am guessing they shall plead how hard it has been to see a parade when you do not feel like watching a band. We may even hear how hard it is to have to accept an accountable police service that does not have members that collude with paramilitaries.

  • aquifer

    There may be a queue of local companies waiting to go bust. A public sector dole economy is really not that exciting, though globalisation has the depressed much better dressed.

  • Pete Baker

    Adds About those successes.. Don’t neglect the anticipated destination. And listen to the cuckoos.

  • ?!

    Pete,

    do you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder or any similar mental impairments? Mild Asperger’s?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Terry has the low-down here.

  • J Bowyer Bell

    Max Weber wrote The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism convinced that Calvinist predetermination was behind the Protestant Work Ethic. That if you had made money it proved that God favoured you. However he forgot about the Irish Protestants who went from owning 5% of the land to some 90% of the land by the Nineteenth Century and this was based not on endeavour but on being a member of the right Church. In 1920, unwilling to work as equals in Ireland, they were given 6 counties to run and now those 6 counties need a £7 billion a year subvention to run proving the begarry that has always being behind Irish Protestantism.